About scsep

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and employment services to help low-income participants 55 or older gain the skills needed to get jobs and become financially self-sufficient. SCSEP participants work roughly 20 hours a week for nonprofit organizations, school districts or government offices to receive work-based training and provide valuable services to their communities. Eligible participants earn minimum wage at their work-based training assignments, so they earn income while training.

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Senior Community Service Employment Program Overview


SCSEP offers these services and benefits:

  • Assessment of your skills, experience, education, interests and any added help you need to complete your training and find the type of job you want

  • Development of a training plan for the job you choose

  • A half-time, work-based training assignment for you to develop the skills for your job goal

  • A free annual health check-up

  • Training on how to look for jobs, how to talk to a prospective employer and how to be successful in your job

  • Instruction in English, reading, writing, arithmetic or General Education Development (GED) preparation

  • Training for other job skills like keyboarding, computer or home health aide

  • Help with your job search

  • Connection to support services you need to successfully complete your training, find a job and keep your job

work-based training assignments

Your work-based training assignment depends on your job goal, the skills required for the job and the skills you need to learn or improve. Here are some examples of work-based training assignments:

  • Customer service representative

  • Maintenance worker

  • Teacher assistant

  • Childcare worker

  • Food preparation worker

  • Retail salesperson

  • Shipping and receiving clerk

priority groups

The first priority for program enrollment is given to veterans and their eligible spouses, as long as their discharge was not dishonorable. The second priority for program enrollment is given to individuals with at least one of these characteristics:

  • Are 65 years of age or older

  • Have a disability

  • Have limited English skills

  • Have low reading, writing and math skills

  • Live in a rural area

  • Need extra support and training in order to secure employment

  • Did not get a job after receiving Workforce Investment Act services

  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness

time limits

SCSEP is a temporary job training program. The program helps you learn the skills you need and access other resources so you can find a job. Some people need more time to complete their training. MET will work to customize the best training plan for you.

SCSEP is operated under a USDOL grant and in cooperation with Senior Service America, Inc. SCSEP is funded by a $45.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with SSAI providing 10% match or $5 million. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.





The SCSEP program provides community service and work-based job training for low-income, unemployed seniors.

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402 Cypress St, #603

Abilene, Texas 79601

Phone: (325)-701-9881

Cell: (281)-622-1269

Fax: 325-701-9883

Ms. Elizabeth Dena-Flores

Email: abilene@metinc.org

local field offices

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eligibility & disability services

You are eligible for SCSEP if you:

  • Are at least 55 years of age

  • Are eligible to work in the U.S.

  • Are unemployed

  • Earned a limited income for your family size during the last year

If you have a documented disability, you are considered to be a family of one, even if you live with several people in your household.

Some income is not included in income eligibility calculations, such as disability benefits and unemployment benefits.


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